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Art+Feminism Group Announces Second Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Last year's Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. COURTESY ART+FEMINISM

Last year’s Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon.

COURTESY ART+FEMINISM

Following last year’s massively successful edition, the Art+Feminism group has announced a second Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, designed to start closing Wikipedia’s gender gap, for March 7. Last year, the Edit-a-Thon brought together 600 volunteers at Eyebeam and 30 satellite locations across the world to create Wikipedia pages for women artists. By the end of the day, 101 women, who had previously had little or no presence on Wikipedia, now had a page devoted to each of them. Among those who got a Wikipedia page that day were Xaviera Simmons, Zarina, and Senga Nengundi, all of whom have received attention from critics in the past few years.

This year’s Edit-a-Thon will be a larger, more high-profile event than last year’s. The one-day event will now be based at the Museum of Modern Art. The Stedelijk Musuem in Amsterdam, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum are among the 55-plus satellite locations that will participate across the world, teaching volunteers how to add and edit Wikipedia pages for female artists.

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